The Perception & Action Podcast

The Perception & Action Podcast
A podcast hosted by ASU Prof. Rob Gray discussing the application of psychology research to sports and other high performance domains.
125 – The Legacy of James J Gibson III: The Ecological Approach, Research & Challenges
Oct 16 • 25 min
The final episode in my series looking at the contributions of JJ Gibson to the study of perception and action. Where is the ecological approach to perception and action now? What evidence is there to support it? What are some of the challenges it still…
124 – The Legacy of James J Gibson II: The Theory of Affordances & Its Application to Sports
Oct 9 • 22 min
The second episode in a series looking at the incredible contributions of JJ Gibson to the study of perception and action. How do we go from information to goal-directed action? What are affordances and effectivities? How can they be used to guide our…
123 – The Legacy of James J Gibson I: Invariants & Direct Perception
Sep 25 • 22 min
The first episode in a series looking at the incredible contributions of JJ Gibson to the study of perception and action. What is direct perception? What are invariants? How do these ideas form the foundation for ideas like the constraints led approach…
122 – Reflections on the FBR Summit: Putting Self Organization into Practice
Sep 18 • 14 min
Some reflections on the excellent Skill Acquisition Summit I recently attended at the Florida Baseball Ranch. What are some of the best practices for using self-organization for developing sports skills?
121 - How Much Variability in Practice & When? Does Water Immersion Enhance Motor Learning?
Sep 11 • 15 min
A look at a couple interesting recent articles on motor learning. How much variability should we add to practice and when? Are skills strengthened when they are reconsolidated when performing slight variations? Does sitting in chest deep water improve…
120 – Perceptual-Motor Calibration
Sep 4 • 16 min
A look at the process of perceptual-motor calibration. How do we scale our perception of affordances in the environment to our action capabilities? What conditions are needed to allow for effective calibration and recalibration?
119 – Interview with Jeff Fairbrother, Tennessse, Motor Learning, Feedback, Focus of Attention
Aug 28 • 27 min
A discussion with Jeff Fairbrother, Professor of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee. We discuss the effect of repeated retention tests on learning, self controlled feedback and the effects of a coach overriding…
118 – Interview with Paul Venner, Dutch Baseball, Variability & Constraints in Movement, S&C
Aug 21 • 21 min
A discussion with Paul Venner, Head of Athletic Performance at Dutch Baseball and Founder of Ultimateinstability. We discuss the important role of movement variability in training, using water to amplify information about movement, connecting skill…
117 – Shared Mental Models vs Shared Affordances in Team Coordination
Aug 14 • 20 min
A look at the two main theoretical approaches (and associated methodologies) for understanding team coordination in sports: Shared knowledge/mental models (built on information processing) and shared affordances (built on ecological dynamics).
116 – New Research on Implicit Learning: Is it a More Effective Way to Acquire New Skills?
Aug 7 • 21 min
A look at some recent research on implicit learning. Is it really a better way to learn perceptual-motor skills? Does it give an athlete more cognitive resources to devote to strategy and decision making? Does it lead to better pressure proofing of…
115 – Interview with Randy Sullivan, Florida Baseball Ranch, Skill Acquisition Summit
Jul 24 • 33 min
A discussion with Randy Sullivan, CEO and owner of Florida Baseball Ranch. We discuss how Randy’s approach to skill development and injury rehabilitation has evolved, the “how to” of self-organization and preview the upcoming The Florida Baseball Ranch &…
114 – Interview with Israel Halperin, Skill Acquisition Training & Research, Cueing, Combat Sports
Jul 17 • 31 min
A discussion with Israel Halperin, combat sports coach and researcher from Tel Aviv, Israel. We discuss the use of focus of attention cues, the role of athlete autonomy in training programs, how S&C and Skill Acq can better support each other, and how to…
113 – Online vs Internal, Model-Based Control of Action
Jul 3 • 30 min
Are the complex actions involved in sport controlled online, by visual information that is currently available to a performer? Or do they rely on the use of predictive, internal models of the world? What are the implications of this for the way we…
112 - Interview with Len Zaichkowsky & Dan Peterson, The Playmaker’s Advantage
Jun 26 • 38 min
A discussion with Leonard Zaichkowsky & Daniel Peterson about their recently released book, The Playmaker’s Advantage: How to Raise Your Mental Game to the Next Level. What is “Athlete Cognition”? How can it be trained? How can coaches design practices to…
111 – When Should a Coach Abandon a Practice Activity and Try Something Else?
Jun 19 • 20 min
As a coach, what should you do when your athletes do not seem to be responding to a new practice activity? Are there things you can change? What should you look for? When should you abandon it altogether and move on to something else? Links:…
110 – Donor Sports & the Value of Non Sport Specific Practice
Jun 12 • 17 min
How do you know whether a training activity that is very different from your sport will lead to transfer? Is their value in non-specific practice? Does it depend on skill level? What is a donor sport? Articles/Books: …
109 – Habit vs Skill: Which Should We Attempt to Develop in Performers?
Jun 5 • 18 min
Is it better for an athlete to develop pre-formed, reflexive responses that operate outside of consciousness (in other words, habits)? Or does should we be focusing on cultivating adaptive skills that involve reflection and awareness?
108 – Does Brain Stimulation Enhance Acquisition, Performance and Retention of Sports Skills?
May 29 • 18 min
Can noninvasive brain stimulation be used to enhance acquisition, performance and retention of sports skills? What exactly are tMS, tCS and tDCS? Are products like Halo Sport worth your investment?
107 – Interview with Mike Studer, President NWRA, Applying motor learning principles to rehabilitation
May 22 • 23 min
A discussion with Mike Studer, President of Northwest Rehabilitation Associate. We discuss using dual tasks to encourage the development of procedural memories, constraint-induced practice, concussion rehabilitation in sports, and geriatric athletes.
106 – Does Neurofeedback Training Improve Sports Performance?
May 15 • 15 min
How effective is neurofeedback training for improving sports performance? Is it worth the investment of time and money? Which brain rhythm should we be targeting for the best results?
105 – How Difficult Should Practice Be? The Challenge Point Hypothesis
May 1 • 22 min
What is the optimal level of task difficulty to use in practice? How does it depend on the complexity of the skill and the experience of the learner? A look at the Challenge Point Hypothesis and studies which have tested its predictions.
104 – Practicing with Intent: The Role of Intention in Action
Apr 24 • 15 min
What does it mean to “practice with intent”? How does intention shape the way we learn and perform perceptual motor skills?
103 – Interview with Rajiv Ranganthan, MSU, Motor Learning, Variability & Coordination
Apr 10 • 32 min
A discussion with Ragjv Ranganthan, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Michigan State University. We discuss motor synergies and redundancy, the role of movement variability in the development of coordination, and using robot aided movements for…
102 – Modified Perceptual Training, Proactive & Reactive Motor Inhibition
Apr 3 • 14 min
How can we best sort through the myriad of vision and perceptual-cognitive training tools for sports? What are the key characteristics we should be looking for? How effectively can skilled athletes inhibit and prepare to inhibit movements?
101 – Brain Dynamics & Psychomotor Efficiency, Effect of Culture on Movement
Mar 27 • 15 min
What characterizes the brain activity of an elite performer? How does brain activity change during the process of skill acquisition? Do cultural environments influence motor skills? Are there “motor styles” common to members of a given cultural group?
100 – The Why, What, How & When of Movement Variability
Mar 13 • 37 min
Why might movement variability be beneficial for skill acquisition and execution? What distinguishes “good” from “bad” variability in movement? How do different coaching/instructional methods (e.g. ordering practice conditions, cueing, differential…
99 – Interview with Shawn Myszka, Sport Movement Skill Conference, Ecological Dynamics
Mar 6 • 34 min
A discussion with Shawn Myszka from Movement Mastery. In the interview we discuss the upcoming Sport Movement Skill Conference and the Ecological Dynamics movement in coaching. More information about my guest:…
98 – Interview with Movement & Skill Acquisition Ireland, Constraints Based Coaching
Feb 27 • 44 min
A discussion with Ed Coughlan, Phil Kearny and Olly Logan, founders of Movement & Skill Acquisition Ireland. In the interview we discuss the goals of the organization and their upcoming conference: Constraints based coaching and ecological dynamics to…
97 – Interview with Mark O’Sullivan, AIK, Affordances, Practice Design & Talent Development
Feb 20 • 32 min
A discussion with Mark O’Sullivan, Coach with AIK Football in Stockholm. We discuss Mark’s concept of football interactions and how it relates to practice design and affordances, and the “race to the bottom” in talent identification.
96 – Can Assisted Movement Facilitate Skill Acquisition?
Feb 13 • 25 min
A look at research investigating the effects of assisted/guided movement on skill acquisition. Can experiencing the movement pattern on an elite athlete facilitate motor learning in a novice? Is it better to use assistance to reduce or augment errors?
95 – The Legacy of Nikolai Bernstein III: “Repetition without Repetition” & Beyond
Feb 6 • 22 min
A look at how Bernstein’s famous phrase “repetition without repetition” revolutionized how we think about motor learning. And an introduction to a few extensions of Bernstein’s ideas including coordinative structures and the uncontrolled manifold…
94 – The Legacy of Nikolai Bernstein II: Skill Acquisition through Free(z)ing Degrees of Freedom
Jan 30 • 25 min
A look at Bernstein’s theory of freezing/freeing degrees of freedom during skill acquisition and some research which has tested these ideas.
93 – The Legacy of Nikolai Bernstein I: Problems in Movement Coordination
Jan 23 • 20 min
The first episode in a series looking at the contributions of Nikolai Bernstein to our understanding of motor control and motor learning. What were Bernstein’s “problems? Is finding solutions to these problems really what effective coaching is all about?
92 – Differential Learning
Jan 16 • 23 min
A look at the Differential Learning approach to skill acquisition. Is maximizing movement variability by preventing repetition and correction the optimal way to design practice? How does this differ from the Constraints-Led Approach?
91 – Variability of Practice Revisited
Jan 9 • 35 min
A look at some recent research examining contextual interference, blocked vs random and variable vs constant practice. How should coaches put these concepts into practice?
90 – Interview with Leah Robinson, Michigan, Fundamental Movement Skills
Dec 12, 2017 • 21 min
A discussion with Leah Robinson, Associate Professor of Movement Science from the University of Michigan. Topics include the importance of fundamental movement skills, how these skills should be measured, perceived motor competence and interventions for…
89 – The Constraints-Led Approach to Coaching III: Evaluating its Effectiveness
Dec 5, 2017 • 33 min
Looking at research that has evaluated the Constraints-Led Approach (CLA) to coaching. How effective is this approach? What effects do changing constraints actually have on performance? How does the CLA comparing to other more traditional coaching methods?
88 – The Constraints-Led Approach to Coaching II: Dynamics & Representative Design
Nov 28, 2017 • 27 min
What processes are involved when movement coordination is self-organized around constraints? How does the performer take into account their own action capabilities? What is the best way to design practice according to these ideas? A look at behavioral and…
87 – The Constraints-Led Approach to Coaching I: What are Constraints?
Nov 21, 2017 • 22 min
The first in a 3 part series on The Constraints-Led Approach to Coaching. What exactly are constraints? What are some common misconceptions about them? Why is understanding the theory behind them critical for using them effectively?
86 – Interview with Brian McCormick, Talent Development & Practice Design in Basketball
Nov 14, 2017 • 37 min
A discussion with Brian McCormick, Head basketball coach at Broward College in Florida. Topics include current problems with the way we identify and develop talent, coaching fake fundamentals, and designing practice to increase game intelligence and…
85 – Interview with Dave Mann, Vrije University, Vision & Gaze Behavior in Sports
Nov 7, 2017 • 26 min
A discussion with Dave Mann, Assistant Professor at Vrije University in Amsterdam. Topics include gaze behavior, handedness and stance in batting; developing vision standards for Paralympic sports; and how expert athletes seem to be able to flexibly use…
84 – Time Scales in Motor Learning
Oct 31, 2017 • 25 min
Is motor learning a single process that occurs at one time scale as suggested by the famous learning curve? Or are things happening simultaneously at multiple time scales, with some adaptations taking seconds and others years? What might this mean for…
83 – Vision & Gaze Behavior in Baseball Batting
Oct 24, 2017 • 24 min
Just in time for the start of the World Series: a look vision and gaze behavior in baseball batting. Which aspects of vision are critical for hitting? Do great batters have superior vision? Where do good batters look before the ball is released?
82 - Movement Instruction, Knowledge & Description
Oct 17, 2017 • 17 min
What are the key differences between describing an athlete’s movements, an athlete’s knowledge about those movements, and the instructions used by a coach to facilitate those movements? How can these different perspectives inform and sometimes hurt each…
81 – Interview with Tim Buszard, ISEAL, Scaling Equipment, WMC, Contextual Interference
Oct 10, 2017 • 29 min
A discussion with Tim Buszard, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Sport, Exercise & Active Living (ISEAL) & Tennis Australia. Topics include scaling sports equipment appropriately for kids, working memory capacity (WMC) and its role in…
80 – Interview with Gaby Wulf & Rebecca Lewthwaite, OPTIMAL Theory of Motor Learning
Oct 3, 2017 • 24 min
A discussion with Gaby Wulf, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences, UNLV, and Rebecca Lewthwaite, Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes Management at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and adjunct faculty at USC. We…
79 – Designing Affective Practice I: Using Pressure to Aid Motor Learning
Sep 26, 2017 • 24 min
Why is it important to include emotional context in practice? A look at the evidence for the beneficial effects of anxiety in training and guidelines for implementing pressure training.
78 – New Research on Changing Movement Patterns
Sep 19, 2017 • 19 min
When a coach identifies a maladaptive movement pattern in an athlete, what is the best way to change it? Do formal biomechanical evaluations help? How can we identify the origins of the problem? How can we improve agility and speed without disrupting…
77 – Achieving & Assessing Transfer in Sport Training
Sep 12, 2017 • 22 min
What is “transfer of training”? How should we be assessing it and what does research tell us is the best way to achieve it?
76 – Interview with Mark Williams, Utah, Talent ID and Development
Sep 5, 2017 • 39 min
A discussion with Mark Williams, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation at the University of Utah. We discuss designing effective practice, talent identification and development and anticipation training.
75 – Attentional Theories of Choking Under Pressure Revisited II: Integrative Theories
Aug 29, 2017 • 20 min
Can the two opposing theoretical views of the role of attention in choking under pressure be integrated? A look at some theories that have attempted to do so and consideration of what still needs to be done in this area.
74 – Interview with Sam Vine, Exeter, Quiet Eye, Pressure, VR Training
Aug 22, 2017 • 37 min
A discussion with Sam Vine. Senior Lecturer of Psychology & Human Movement Science from the University of Exeter. We discuss recent research and unresolved issues related to the Quiet Eye, appraisal of stress and performing under pressures, and…
73 – Attentional Theories of Choking Under Pressure Revisited I: Critiques
Aug 15, 2017 • 31 min
Is focusing one’s attention on skill execution as a result of increased self-consciousness really the primary cause “choking under pressure”? Is the evidence in support of this theory flawed?
72 – Interview with Edward Coughlan, CIT, Skill Acquisition & Deliberate Practice
Aug 8, 2017 • 42 min
A discussion with Edward Coughlan. Lecturer in Skill Acquisition at the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland. We discuss practice design, skill acquisition, deliberate practice, and occlusion training with Chin Up Googles. More information…
Skill Acquisition AZ (SAAZ) 2017 Meeting Announcement
Aug 7, 2017 • 1 min
Meeting webpage: If you are interested in attending please take the short survey on this page to help choose a date and provide info about presentation topics.
71 – Virtual Environments for Training & Understanding Sports Skills III: Altering Reality for Research
Aug 1, 2017 • 30 min
How have researchers used virtual environments to distort reality, disobey gravity, create conflicting feedback, and alter an athlete’s perception in the name of science? How have they effectively brought rate events in sports into the lab?
70 – Interview with Anne Benjaminse, Groningen, Attentional Focus in Injury Prevention & Recovery
Jul 25, 2017 • 14 min
A discussion with Anne Benjaminse from the Department for Human Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. We discuss the role of attentional focus in injury prevention and recovery, using video feedback and VR as…
69 – Virtual Environments for Training & Understanding Sports Skills II: Evaluating the Evidence
Jul 18, 2017 • 48 min
How effective are VEs for sports training? Have they achieved good fidelity? Can they induce competitive anxiety? Does augmentation help performance? Do they show evidence of transfer of training? Articles/links: Distance Perception in Real…
68 – Interview with Emma Mosley, Southampton Solent, Emotional Intelligence, HRV & Pressure
Jul 11, 2017 • 29 min
A discussion with Emma Mosley, Lecturer in the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences at Southampton Solent University. We discuss topics including emotional intelligence, guidelines for using heart rate variability, performance under pressure,…
67 – Virtual Environments for Training & Understanding Sports Skills I: Why, How and When?
Jul 4, 2017 • 29 min
What are the potential advantages of using virtual environments (VE) to train and study sports skills? How should a VE be evaluated? How important is fidelity, presence, and cost? When is the best time to use a VE in relation to skill level and…
66 – Interview with Gerard Jones, Bristol Rovers FC, Coaching to Develop Decision Making
Jun 27, 2017 • 39 min
A discussion with Gerard Jones, Head of Coaching at Bristol Rovers Football Club. We discuss topics including developing decision making skills in players through improved communication, how to handle regional differences in sports vocabulary,…
65 – Body Awareness, Kinaesthetic Sensitivity & Proprioceptive Training
Jun 20, 2017 • 22 min
How important is feel or body awareness in sports? How can we assess kinaesthetic sensitivity and proprioceptive acuity in athletes and can these be improved through training? How does it influence an athlete’s ability to implement technical…
64 – Intermittent Vision: How Much Do We Need to Be Able to See To Act?
Jun 13, 2017 • 19 min
How well can we integrate samples from a visual scene (e.g. when an outfielder is trying to catch a fly ball and has to look from the ball to the wall and back)? How long of a view do we need and what interval between samples can we tolerate? Does…
63 – Innovative Video Feedback, Affordances for Movement & Team Coordination
Jun 6, 2017 • 22 min
News: A look at a few recent articles in the area of motor learning and performance. Can skill execution be improved by combining self and expert models in video feedback? How do combat athletes using affordance to control interpersonal distance? How…
62 – Interview with Stephanie Rossit, East Anglia, How the Brain Supports Perception & Action
May 30, 2017 • 41 min
A discussion with Stephanie Rossit, Lecturer in Psychology from the University of East Anglia in the UK. We discuss perceptual and action related deficits in visual neglect, brain areas associated with online and offline control of action, her recent…
61 – Interview with Damian Farrow, Victoria University/AIS, Practice Design
May 23, 2017 • 35 min
A discussion with Damian Farrow. Professor of Skill Acquisition at Victoria University in Melbourne Australia. We take a step by step look at practice design discussing how to determine the goals of practice, how to effectively manipulate constraints,…
60 – Interview with Jenelle Gilbert, CSU Fresno, Mental Skills Training
May 16, 2017 • 33 min
A discussion with Jenelle Gilbert, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, California State University Fresno. We discuss the importance of mental skills training in sports and beyond, her concept of the Psychological UNIFORM, using a Game…
59 – Interview with Bruce Hoyer, MMA Coach, Next Edge Academy
May 9, 2017 • 21 min
A discussion with Bruce Hoyer, Martial Arts Coach at the Next Edge Academy in South Dakota. We discuss how Bruce has employed a variety of different ideas from sports science research in his coaching including using a flipped classroom, observational…
58 – Flow & Psychological Momentum
May 2, 2017 • 22 min
What do we mean when we say an athlete is “in the flow”? How often does it occur? What brings it on? Can we control it? How does it relate to “psychological momentum” and performance? Articles/links: A systematic review of the…
57 – Interview with John Kiely, UCLAN, Rethinking the Stress Process & Periodization
Apr 25, 2017 • 46 min
A discussion with John Kiely, Senior Lecturer in Elite Performance from the University of Central Lancashire. Topics discussed include the evolution of theories of stress, anxiety and injury, the role of psycho-emotional factors in the stress process…
56 – Variability & Motor Learning, Attentional Training, Explicit Instructions & Skill Transfer
Apr 18, 2017 • 21 min
News: Listener picks for articles to review including more research on the effect of variability on motor learning, attention training to reduce the effects of stress on performance and the effect of explicit instructions. Articles: High…
55 – Interview with Harri Mannonen, Finland, Basketball as a Complex System
Apr 11, 2017 • 36 min
A discussion with Harri Mannonen, basketball coach based in Kouvola, Finland. Topics discussed include: why is it useful for coaches to look at basketball as a complex system, what is the best way to add variability to practice and what is the role of…
54 – Perceptual Learning III: Application to Sports
Apr 4, 2017 • 21 min
How can we apply the principles of perceptual learning to improve information pickup on the sports field? Articles/links: Applying perceptual learning to achieve practical changes in vision Improved vision and on field performance in baseball…
53 – Perceptual Learning II – Direct Learning
Mar 28, 2017 • 21 min
How does a performer become attuned to the perceptual information that is optimal for a task? Perceptual learning as a direct movement through information space guided by information for learning involving processes of education of intention,…
52 – Perceptual Learning I: Introduction
Mar 21, 2017 • 21 min
How does experience and practice change our ability to extract information from our environment and how can we best facilitate this process? What changes in our brain during perceptual learning? Articles/links: Perceptual learning and…
51 – Rule Changes to Make Sports More Exciting
Mar 7, 2017 • 11 min
Sports Science Shorts: will baseball’s new proposed rule changes to speed the pace of play make the game more exciting and attract new fans? What can we learn from similar attempts made in soccer? What determines a sport’s fans level of…
50 – Structure of Motor Variability & Learning Rate, Facebook & Anxiety, Child vs Adult Motor Learning
Feb 28, 2017 • 16 min
News: A look at a few recent articles in the area of motor learning and performance. Can the structure of motor variability predict the rate at which a performer learns a new skill? Does using social media before a game increase anxiety in an…
49 – Interview with Danny Newcombe, Oxford Brookes University, CLA & Coaching
Feb 21, 2017 • 37 min
A discussion with Danny Newcombe, Lecturer in Sports Coaching and PE, Oxford Brookes University. Topics discussed include: applying the constraints-led approach to practice design and physical education curriculum, research on the constraints-led…
48 – Interview with Diane Ste-Marie, University of Ottawa, Observational Learning & Feedback
Feb 14, 2017 • 57 min
A discussion with Diane Ste-Marie, Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Topics discussed include: why do athletes tend to perform better when they have control over the feedback they receive and when is…
47 – Interview with Dave Collins, Institute of Coaching & Performance, UCLAN
Feb 7, 2017 • 48 min
A discussion with Dave Collins, Professor & Director of the Institute of Coaching & Performance, University of Central Lancashire. Topics discussed include: what it’s like to be a sports psychologist, talent development, performance…
46 – Self Talk & Mantras in Sport
Jan 31, 2017 • 17 min
Do athletes perform better when they talk to themselves? Should the talk be motivational or instructional? Positive or negative? Does it work for both novices and experts? Articles/links: The influence of self-talk on the performance of skilled…
45 – Soccer Illusions, Detecting Opponents with Sound & Training with Mirrors
Jan 24, 2017 • 14 min
News: A look at a few recent journal articles. Do soccer players and referees sometimes see an event that never really happened? Can a basketball player detect where a dribbler is headed using sound alone? Is doing exercise in front of a mirror…
44 –Social Facilitation of Performance & The 1st Sports Psych Experiment
Jan 17, 2017 • 14 min
Why does the presence of others change the performance of an individual athlete? Why is this social facilitation effect sometimes good and sometimes bad? Does it matter whether the other people are observing, evaluating or performing the same…
43 – P&A Court II: Low vs High Variability in Motor Control & Learning
Jan 10, 2017 • 33 min
Should the goal of practice be to reduce movement variability to as low a value as possible? Is high variability the signature of an unskilled performer or a necessity for effective learning? Articles/links: A schema theory of discrete motor…
42 – Top 5 Sport Psychology Stories of 2016
Jan 3, 2017 • 13 min
My list of the top 5 sports psychology stories from 2016: The death knell for brain games? Deliberate practice fights back! What to do about the relative age effect? Advances in Teamwork Research Somebody’s watching (or monitoring) me …
41 – Motion in Depth Blindness & Visual Channels
Dec 6, 2016 • 16 min
A look at visual channeling theory and its consequences for perception. Why are some people blind to approaching objects in certain areas of their visual field and what implications does it have for sport? Articles/links: The Charles F….
40B – Report from Sports Biometrics Conference
Nov 29, 2016 • 10 min
My report from the Sports Biometrics Conference held from Nov 13-15, 2016. Issues discussed include validity of analytics data, whether athletes are going to agree to be continuously monitored and the frequent disconnect between science and…
40A – Anxiety & Performance: Planning Actions, Motor Learning and Holistic Goals
Nov 22, 2016 • 14 min
News: A look at a few recent articles examining the effects of anxiety and pressure on performance and methods for counteracting these effects. Does pressure effect the planning or online control of movements? Could increasing anxiety in practice…
40 – P&A Court I: Monocular vs Binocular Vision
Nov 15, 2016 • 34 min
Why do we have two eyes? Is binocular vision necessary for successful performance of motor actions like those involved in sports and driving? Or is it just redundant information? What is it like to live with just one eye? Articles/links: …
39B – Specificity vs Variability in Training/My Ultra Update
Nov 8, 2016 • 15 min
Which is better: specific or variable practice? How does it depend on what you are trying to achieve in terms of retention and transfer of skill? The ultramarathon as a complex system and my report on surviving my first one! …
39A – Halloween Special II: Effects of Fear on Perception & Performance
Oct 31, 2016 • 12 min
Is fear in a performer a debilitating problem that must be overcome? Or can freezing from fear actually improve our ability to perceive and act? Articles: Ready and waiting: Freezing as active action preparation under threat Simulated…
39 – Perceptual-Motor Development II: Ecological Approach
Oct 25, 2016 • 21 min
A look at perceptual-motor development from the ecological perspective. If it’s not pre-programmed by our genetics, how does a child’s pattern of movements emerge from the dynamical constraints of their environment? And how does movement…
38A – Interview with Andrew Wilson, Leeds Beckett, Ecological Approach
Oct 18, 2016 • 52 min
A discussion Andrew Wilson from Leeds Beckett. We discuss ecological psychology ideas like motor abundance, functional equivalence and degeneracy, Andrew’s recent study on task dynamics and information in throwing, his work on affordances and…
38 – Perceptual-Motor Development I: Traditional Approaches
Oct 13, 2016 • 24 min
A look at perceptual-motor development from an information processing, stage-based perspective. What is the relative importance of genetics and early experience? Are their critical periods in which perceptual and motor skills must develop? What…
37D - Sciencing My Way Through Ultrarunning: Intro
Oct 11, 2016 • 14 min
Thinking aloud about some sports science issues as I prepare for my first 50K ultra. What is the optimal focus of attention for a runner and how does it change as you switch from road to trail? How can one best acquire the skill of…
37C – Interview with Kylie Steel, Western Sydney, Applying Biological Motion
Oct 6, 2016 • 22 min
A discussion with Kylie Steel Senior Lecturer in the School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University in Australia. In the interview we discuss biological motion: what is it and how can we apply it to sport, how important is it to be able to…
37B – Sports Science Shorts: Stereotype Threat & Performance
Oct 4, 2016 • 13 min
What is stereotype threat and how can it affect sports performance? Is it possible that being challenged by a statement like “girls can’t play sports” could make a female athlete perform better in some situations? Articles: On the causal…
37A – Interview with Joe Baker, York, Talent ID & Development
Sep 29, 2016 • 32 min
A discussion with Joe Baker, Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Canada. Topics include: how good are we at identifying talent, early specialization vs diversification, designing effective learning…
37 – UAVs, Drones & Helicopters/Inhibiting Actions in Sports
Sep 27, 2016 • 23 min
A look at the unique perceptual and cognitive issues associated with uninhabited air vehicles (UAVs) and helicopters. Are fully automated drones a good idea? What are some of the technologies that have been developed to improve performance with these…
36C – Interview with Costas Karageorghis, Brunel, Applying Music in Sport
Sep 22, 2016 • 34 min
A discussion with Costas Karageorghis, Reader in Sport Psychology from Brunel University and author of the new book “Applying Music in Exercise and Sport”. We discuss topics including how music can make athletes perform better and for longer, how…